Iodine Global Network (IGN)


IGN REGION: China & East Asia
COUNTRY POPULATION: 1,415,045,928 (2018)
MUIC* (µg/L): 198 (2014) National, SAC (8–10)
HHIS* (UNICEF 2017): 96.3% (Nutrition Surveillance 2014)
* MUIC, median urinary iodine concentration
* HHIS, percentage of households consuming iodized salt (>0 ppm) among all tested households
SAC: school-age children / WRA: women of reproductive age / PW: pregnant women


09. June 2020

Evaluation of Iodine Nutritional Status Among Pregnant Women in China

Remarkable achievements have been made for over two decades by implementing a universal salt iodization...

17. February 2020

Farewell to the God of Plague: Estimating the effects of China's Universal Salt Iodization on educational outcomes

This paper estimates the effects of China's Universal Salt Iodization (USI) policy in 1994 – the largest...

29. May 2018

China reconsiders iodized salt policy amid health concerns

China will change its requirement that all salt nationwide be iodized and instead set different ...

21. May 2018

China to amend 24-year-old iodized salt policy

China's National Health Commission plans to amend a 24-year-old regulation covering iodized salt,...

27. October 2016

UNICEF emphasizes the importance of maintaining universal availability of iodised salt to protect China’s pregnant women and children against Iodine Deficiency Disorders

Global experts are convening in Harbin, China to review China’s successful salt iodisation program. The...

06. May 2016

China announces reforms to salt monopoly

China’s government is chipping away at the country’s millennia-old salt monopoly, scrapping controls on...

19. May 2015

China celebrates 22nd IDD Prevention Day

On Friday, 15 May, China celebrated its 22nd National IDD Prevention Day. The aims of the IDD Day are to...

12. May 2015

Iodized salt is not associated with cancer risk

Iodized salt does not cause thyroid cancer, which has become more common in China in recent years, ...

22. November 2014

China plans to eliminate state monopoly on salt

China plans to scrap its state monopoly on the sale of salt, marking the end of a system with nearly 2...

07. May 2014

The level of iodine intake from iodized salt in China is safe

China will stick to a wide use of iodized salt, and the current level of iodine intake is safe, says Lei...


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Regional Coordinator

Ming Qian
Tianjin, China

National Coordinator

Zupei Chen